CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the state’s top election official against a conservative Republican group over political fliers targeting a state Senate candidate in the 2012 election.
In an Oct. 17 ruling, Senior District Judge Robert Estes said Americans for Prosperity was not required to register with the secretary of state’s office or file donor contribution reports.
During Sen. Kelvin Atkinson campaign, the group sent mailers targeting him for his co-sponsorship in the Assembly of a 2011 renewable energy bill that critics claimed would have cost utility customers a potential rate increase of $1 billion.
The secretary of state sued, arguing the fliers constituted “express advocacy” against Atkinson, thereby requiring the group to file disclosure documents.
The judge disagreed.